Tom Brady wants fans to drink up (water, of course)
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is curiously concerned about your hydration.
September 16th, 2011
01:26 PM ET

Tom Brady wants fans to drink up (water, of course)

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wants his team’s fans to do some drinking so they can get sufficiently riled up for Sunday’s home opener.

And by drinking, he means the stuff you get from your kitchen faucet, his team helpfully adds.

Brady, addressing reporters Wednesday ahead of Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers, was asked whether he had a message for fans.

“Yeah, start drinking early,” he said, drawing chuckles from the reporters. “Get nice and rowdy. (It's a) 4:15 (p.m.) game, they have a lot of time to get lubed up, come out here and cheer for their home team.” (Video from CNN affiliate WCVB)

About an hour later, according to multiple media reports, a team spokesman stepped in to clarify what Brady really meant to say: He wants fans to “stay hydrated, drink a lot of water, be loud, drink responsibly."

Clearly, Brady was concerned about fans’ hydration, with game-day temperatures in Foxborough, Massachusetts, expected to be scorching in the upper 60s.

The Patriots’ audible does come amid fresh memories of fan rowdiness and violence. Last month, for instance, two shootings and a beating followed a preseason football game at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park.

Closer to home, drinking at Foxborough’s Gillette Stadium “during Patriots games and concerts has been a concern for neighboring towns,” the New York Post reported. This year, according to the Post, Foxborough instituted a $200 fine for drinking in public.

But the edit didn’t sit right with ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt, who addressed it on his radio show Thursday afternoon.

“The NFL has billions of dollars worth of ads – and so do we, during our broadcasts – of beer,” Van Pelt said. “There’s signage all over the stadium about beer. Only after Brady said that – less than an hour after, in fact – the PR of the Patriots puts out a statement which says, ‘He meant to say, (drink water).’

“No, he didn’t. That’s not what he meant. He meant what he said, which was, ‘Come out, have a few, get loud, and if you’re hammered, you’re hammered.’ I mean, I’m embellishing, but he didn’t say 'drink water and stay hydrated.'

“I pity anyone whose job it is to have a cleanup on aisle 3 when there’s no need for a cleanup,” Van Pelt added. “What Brady said was funny. Everyone knew what he meant. What he didn’t mean was drink water.”

NFL player Dominic Raiola wasn’t impressed with any controversy over Brady’s comments. The center for the Detroit Lions, who host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday at 1 p.m., told Michigan news outlet that he was fine with Brady’s comments.

"Hell, yeah," Raiola said. "(The Patriots) have a 4:15 p.m. game, right? Maybe Detroit should get started about 8:30 a.m."

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  1. Jeepers

    I find Tom Brady gross...on many levels.

    September 16, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • tessilu66

      me too!

      September 16, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. DD

    Please hit his knee again.

    September 16, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mike G

    How stupid does the spokesman for the Pats think we are? Tariq Azziz called and thought the spokesman's PR spin was ridiculous.

    September 16, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. CefSos

    What a twit, Real smart Brady, encorage dtrunk behavior in a public area where individuals can get hurt.

    September 16, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • kevthgerman

      since when does someone need to hold our hands through every situation? do you complain to the beer companies when they encourage drinking on every single commercial? NO... We are a weak nation when ppl have to have their hand held when it comes to what they should and should not do..

      September 16, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. rtbrno65

    I hope his hip gets shattered.

    September 16, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bhari

    Are you people serious? Brady was just being real. Drop the PC crap.

    September 16, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Nick

    How dare Brady endorse something that is perfectly legal and offered by the stadium. Its obvious now that this guy is the next anti-christ. By saying "Go ahead, do something that's well within your rights, and that the NFL wants you to do, and have fun with it," he has all but condemned himself to the fiery below.

    September 16, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dirty Joe

    His face looks like one of those mummies where the dried-up, tighened skin causes the lips to creep up over the teeth.

    He is unattractive, is the basic premise of that statement.

    September 16, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Boston

    Welcome to Boston, where we win and laugh at the rest of you.

    September 16, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boston Blows

      We all will be laughing at you when the Red Sucks finish their downward spiral.

      September 16, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • tiki

      except when their last name is manning...

      September 16, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • nynick

      go rays

      September 17, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. Pete

    The only thing I knew is the Patriots, besides being cheaters, are now lairs as well. I live in the Boston area and this team hasen't won ANYTHING in the playoffs since they were caught cheating, plain and simple.

    September 16, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Saiorse

    Why does everyone get soooo up tight anymore. No one can express themselves for fear of the PC police. Jakkers! You folk would never survive a Hurling game back in the old sod. Hey Tom B. give it your best effort son I will be watching with a pint of the "black stuff" in me hand and a cheer on me lips. Slainte

    September 16, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. alan

    Upper 60's ooh don't think I can handle that heat wave even if I do drink a lot of water.

    September 16, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bev

    I hope nobody fell for that explanation.

    September 16, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. PlagueDoc

    No drinking beer at tailgate parties at Gillette Stadium? Another reason to avoid Boston – the city is just Newark, NJ with better chowder.

    September 16, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. tiki

    don't watch football – but I'll try my hardest to be sloshed by 4:15 anyways!

    September 16, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Southerner

      CNN needs a like button

      September 16, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
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